Jane Henson, the widow of Jim Henson who helped her late husband create The Muppets, passed away yesterday at her home in Connecticut. She sas 78.
The Jim Henson Legacy, an organization created by Jane in 1992 to help preserve Jim's artistic vision, announced the sad news of Jane's passing last night.
It confirmed that she had been battling cancer.
She met Jim at a University of Maryland puppetry class in the 1950s and together they went on to invent a series of characters that are still relevant today.
The Hensons married in 1959 and has five children, three daughters and two sons. They separated in 1986 and Jim died four years later.
A memorial is planned next week.